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Grazing cover crops

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

A Grazing Cover Crops Field Day will be held Saturday, April 2nd, from 1:00 ~ 3:00 pm at the Mike (Tom) Boelter Farm, 29254 181st Avenue, Wykoff, MN. There is no fee and no pre-registration needed for this event.

Directions: from Preston, MN travel north on Hwy 52 for approximately 6 miles to Fountain, or from Rochester, MN, south on Hwy 52 for 30 miles to Fountain, MN. In Fountain, go west on Co. Rd 8 for approximately 7 miles, then right (north) on County Road 5 about 2 miles to stop sign. Turn left (west) on County Road 4 for about ½ mile, then turn right (north) on 181st Ave. Follow the field day signs.

Points of Information:

· Comparing aerial seeding to no-till drilled winter rye;

· Comparing seeding rates of both aerial and no-till drilled winter rye;

· The corn silage field was no-till drilled with winter rye on October 2, 2010;

· The soybean field was seeded by helicopter with winter rye on September 2;

· The soybeans were harvested on October 8;

· The fields will be used for early season spring grazing;

· You will receive information on seeding rates and feed value of this early season pasture. (This is based on pasture data and analysis of samples collected in 2010. In a typical year, this rye might also be available for late fall grazing.)

In case of bad weather listen to KFIL radio. The Field Day will be moved to Room 108, Fillmore County Office Building, 902 Houston St. NW, Preston. Information will be presented by Dean Thomas - Fillmore SWCD, Jill Sackett - Rural Advantage, and Mark Zumwinkle - MN Dept. of Ag

Cooperating partners include: Jill Sackett, Univ. of Minn. Extension/ Rural Advantage

Extension Educator/Conservation Agronomist; Mark Zumwinkle, MN Department of Agriculture; Dean Thomas, Root River & Whitewater River Watersheds Grazing Specialist, Fillmore SWCD; Tom Van der Linden, Winona County Extension Educator, and Jerry Tesmer, Fillmore/Houston County Extension Educator. For further information please contact: Dean Thomas, Root River & Whitewater River Grazing Specialist, Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Office, 507-765-3878 #128.

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